2,362 ft
31 ft
-139 ft
Avg time

Cowles Backside Alt Details

  • Riding Area
    San Diego
    San Diego, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Global Ranking

Bumpy, technical downhill with few short climbs (under 50 feet i would say). Starts off rough with many little rock gardens and tight berms. About halfway down is a staircase that leads into some bigger drops. All very do able with some experience but be careful of hikers. There are "steps" the whole way which are just big pieces of wood with dirt piled on top. They can get about a foot and a half high but again experienced riders will make short work of them. The end of the trail rewards the rider with a short, fast downhill berm section that shoots the rider towards big rock park.
The rains have caused alot of trail erosion. Drops are bigger, rocks are more exposed, and most notably ruts have increased in both size and frequency.


We all have different abilities when it comes to riding. Be safe and scout trails before riding. Look out for hikers and other bikers. And please use the provided bells at the trail heads.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Cowles Backside Alt bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -109 ft
  • Altitude min
    364 ft
  • Altitude max
    472 ft
  • Altitude start
    472 ft
  • Altitude end
    364 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    544 ft
  • Distance down
    1,784 ft
  • Distance flat
    33 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Dec 27, 2016
Avg: 5 (2 votes)

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Activity Type
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to cowles-backside-alt trailhead (32.825470, -117.021780)
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Cowles Backside Alt Trail Reports

Dec 27, 2016 @ 6:32pm
Dec 27, 2016
All the rain caused many of the ruts to get bigger, in berms, and especially on the fireroad. It's dry now and there was great traction when I...
Nov 17, 2016 @ 6:50pm
Nov 17, 2016
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